Barangay Tanod, 2 others killed, one wounded in an encounter

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CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan—A village watchman and two armed men were killed while a resident was wounded during an encounter with police operatives in Barangay Bahay Pare in this city on Saturday.

City of Meycauayan police chief, Col. Jordan Santiago identified the killed victims as Rodolfro Santiago, 63, barangay tanod of Bahay Pare and Andy Bernardo, 40 and Jerome Ballares, 30, both from Caloocan City and the wounded as Marvin James Rivera, 33, a bystander.  

The village watchman was declared dead on arrival at a hospital in the city where he was rushed.

There was no injury or casualty on the police side, the police official said. Rivera, has already been declared out of danger and was sent home from the hospital.

According to the chief of police, the two armed suspects suddenly attacked and strafed the village hall of Bahay Pare at about 8:12 pm wounding Santiago and Rivera.

Bulacan Police Director Col. Relly Arnedo said members of City of Meycauayan police immediately responded upon reports received through phone from concerned residents, but they were fired upon by the suspects. The police retaliated and killed the armed men.

Santiago told NEWS CORE on Monday that the suspects attacked the village hall in retaliation after local officials arrested their believed comrades in the illegal drug trade on January 19.

The police recovered the two .45 calibre firearms and extra magazines of the suspects.

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